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V. Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord
R. And let perpetual light shine upon him.
V. May he rest in peace.
R. Amen.
Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the soul of your departed servant Francis cardinal George the remission of all his sins, that through our pious supplication he may obtain that pardon which he has always desired; who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
May the divine assistance remain always with us + and may his soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. R. Amen.

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.” – Francis Cardinal George.

Originally posted on The Deus Ex Machina Blog:

Card. GeorgeIt was with great sadness that this blogger learned of the passing of Francis Cardinal George OMI. As a life long Chicagoan, not to mention a product of the city’s Catholic school system (K through B.Sc.), I still vividly remember the dark days of the Catholic Church in Chicago, the period between the passing of John Cardinal Cody and the appointment of Cardinal George.

With respect to the man himself, I consider Cardinal George a man of good will and an exemplary transitional figure that guided the Catholic Church in Chicago and in the United States from the post-conciliar “neo-modernist theology of death” back onto the road of the ONE TRUE FAITH, the FAITH that was given by Our Lord to His apostles and handed down through the generation of Faithful. In another era, Cardinal George would have been a GREAT CARDINAL. Having said that, I think posterity will be…

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On Saturday,  April 11, 2015, 6 PM, at St. Patrick Church, Honolulu, HI, Mass was offered by Rev. Thomas Choo, ss.cc., Associate Pastor, for the nearly 150 killed at Garissa University in Kenya.

descent-kroug Iconography of Gregory Kroug, by Fr. Andrew Tregubov, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press – Source: Christ is risen! Pascha 2014 | athanasiusoca.org.

“John Chrysostom – Easter Sermon (Paschal Homily)” preached by Fr. Rhone Lillard, FSSP on Saturday, Easter Vigil 4/4, 6 pm: Sacred Heart Chapel, Easter Vigil Mass.

A fine statement of faith in Christ’s resurrection, often heard at Easter (Pascha) in Orthodox Churches

Devout and God-loving people, enjoy this kind and bright festival. Wise people, come and share joy with your Lord. You who have laboured in fasting, receive your deserved reward.

You who have laboured from the first hour, come to the festival now! You who came at the third hour, rejoice! You who lingered until the sixth hour, celebrate! You who came at the ninth hour, do not be sad! You who managed to come only at the eleventh hour, do not be dismayed by your lateness. No-one will be deprived of heavenly joy.

For our Lord is generous. He welcomes those who come last in the same way as those who come first. He is grateful to the first and rejoices in the last. He consoles those who came at the last hour, as if they had laboured from the first hour. He gives to everyone: those who laboured and those who wanted to labour. He receives the service and kisses the intention.

He values the deed and praises the desire. All of you enter into the joy of the Lord: First and last, receive the reward! Wealthy and poor, rejoice with one another! Diligent and lazy, celebrate the festival! Those who have fasted and those who have not, be glad together.

The feast is abundant, eat your fill! All of you enjoy the wealthy banquet of the faith and mercy of God. Let no-one go away hungry or offended. Let no-one be sad about their poverty, for the kingdom is now here for everyone.

Let no-one weep over their sins, for forgiveness for all has burst with light from the grave. Let no-one be afraid of death, for the death of Jesus has freed us all.

Embraced by death, He subdued death. Having descended into hell, He took hell captive. He embittered it when it tasted of his flesh.

Isaiah prophesied: “Hell was troubled, having met You in the underworld!” Hell was in mourning, for it was abolished! Hell was distressed, for it was condemned! Hell was impoverished, for it was deposed! Hell was destroyed, for it was bound!

It took on a body, and touched God. It took on the earth, and met heaven. It took what it saw, and fell to where it did not expect! Death! Where is your sting? Hell! Where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are brought down. Christ is risen, and the demons have fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life triumphs. Christ is risen, and there are no dead in the grave. Christ has risen from the dead, become the firstborn of those who sleep and set into motion the resurrection of all. To Him be glory now and forever. Amen! – Source: http://www.earlychurchtexts.com/public/john_chrysostom_easter_sermon.htm

The Paschal homily or sermon (also known in Greek as Hieratikon or as the Catechetical Homily) of St John Chrysostom (d. 407 CE) is read aloud on the morning of Pascha (a.k.a. “Easter” in the West), called “the Great and Holy Pascha of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ” in the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches of the Byzantine rite. According to the Tradition of the Church, no one sits during the reading of the Paschal homily. Portions of it are often done with the interactive participation of the congregation. – Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paschal_Homily.

Cf. The Paschal Sermon | oca.org.

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If [THEY] THE PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty [for themselves] and [their] Posterity, [in] ordaining and establish[ing] [the] Constitution for the United States of America and subsequently amending it with the Bill of Rights

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got wrong What True Religious Freedom is, the duty of man due in justice and love to his God and Maker deriving from the first commandment1:

The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. – Cf. Mk 12:29-31 (RSVCE)

Then the United States of America is foundationally flawed.

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.

It is a matter of time …


1. [It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord. – Cf. Prefaces from the Roman Missal]

Archbishop Charles Chaput: What Is True Religious Freedom? By Joan Frawley Desmond, 03/18/2015 | NCR

I am afraid that this article has failed to articulate what True Religious Freedom is. It is:

The oath the LORD our God swore to our Father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship him – in Spirit and in Truth [cf. Jn 4:23-24 (RSVCE)] – without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. – cf. Canticle of Zechariah. [see also Benedictus | Canticles | liturgies.net].

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It is not:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof[.]

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This comment should … manifest the error of U.S. Constitution – Amendment 1.
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The action required of the State in True Freedom of Religion is to foster [and not hinder] the Catholic Faith and to allow all her citizens free access to it.

– Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/archbishop-chaput-what-is-true-religious-freedom#view-comments#ixzz3VWd8ZxVt

 

I ask you, please, to not neglect your prayer. All of us – the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, priests, religious, lay faithful – we are all called to pray for the Synod. There is need of this, not of chatter! I also invite those who feel far away, or who are not accustomed to do so, to pray. This prayer for the Synod on the Family is for the good of everyone. – Pope Francis, Pope calls for renewed prayers for Synod on the Family | Vatican Radio.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
In you we contemplate
The splendour of true love,
We turn to you with confidence.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
Make our families, also,
Places of communion and cenacles of prayer,
Authentic schools of the Gospel,
And little domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth
May our families never more experience
Violence, isolation, and division:
May anyone who was wounded or scandalized
Rapidly experience consolation and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
May the upcoming Synod of Bishops
Re-awaken in all an awareness
Of the sacred character and inviolability of the family,
Its beauty in the project of God.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Hear and answer our prayer. Amen.

(Unofficial translation)

Good children listen with profound respect to even the simplest advice of the common father and try sincerey to put it into practice. – In Conversation with God, 68.3, Francis Fernandez, Fourth Sunday of Easter, THE GOOD SHEPHERD. LOVE FOR THE POPE

With the Incarnation, the “promises” and “figures” of the Old Testament become “reality”: places, persons, events and rites interrelate according to precise divine commands communicated by angels and received by creatures who are particularly sensitive to the voice of God. Mary is the Lord’s humble servant, prepared from eternity for the task of being the Mother of God. Joseph is the one whom God chose to be the “overseer of the Lord’s birth,”(27) the one who has the responsibility to look after the Son of God’s “ordained” entry into the world, in accordance with divine dispositions and human laws. All of the so-called “private” or “hidden” life of Jesus is entrusted to Joseph’s guardianship.[1]

The “figure” in the Old fully realized in the New is the person Joseph son of Jacob (In Matthew, Jacob is father of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin).

Today’s ANTIPHON (Cf. Lk. 12:42):

Behold a faithful and prudent steward, whom the LORD set over his household. (My emphasis).

Joseph in the Old answers those who are possessed to claim that after the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph had marital relations i.e., that their marriage was no longer virginal:

8 But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Lo, having me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my hand; 9 he is not greater in this house than I am; nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife; how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”  – Gen 39:8-9 (RSVCE).

Further Reading:

[1] Redemptoris Custos (Guardian of the Redeemer), 8,  Apostolic Exhortation by Pope St. John Paul II [the Great] on St. Joseph, August 15 – the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – in the year 1989.

 

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